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so how's this fired up thing working for ya?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Because I am rocking it! I have a renewed energy and focus. I have added 10 minutes of Kickboxing in the morning and it just really helps keep me moving all day plus keeps me more focused on choosing better as far as food goes. The fire on top of the protein and veggies back to basics is sticking with me and I am digging it. I may be a Done girl but I am certainly not DONE. I hope you are newly fired up and things are going good for you. If not, why is that? What is keeping you from doing what you need to do? Are you sleeping OK, getting your water, keeping chocolate to a minimum (Tricia?) Let me know how you are doing and let me know if you need a match to get fired up! ( oh yeah, I have lost nearly 6 pounds which is my weekend weight plus 1). Fire it up!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/20/2011 4:45PM

    Doing well! I'm ROCKIN' OUT my fruits and veggies this week and I'm so proud!!! Plus, I'm owning that cardio and those weights. :D

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PJH2028 10/20/2011 4:14PM

    Yay! Thank you for this ENERGY this morning, JAN!
FIRE is contagious. It spreads. And I'm delighted ... for you.... for me.... and for some renewed momentum/confidence. I'm on day 3 of doing-it-right: the basics are key key key.

I'd love to know more about this kickboxing routine of yours? Did you study or take a class to learn it?



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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/20/2011 1:17PM

    WooHoo! Excellent way to start the day!

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CHELEMIA 10/20/2011 1:03PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!! My fire needs some fuel but its there. It's the end of the week. Banking is in place. Sunday is my weekly firing!!!!

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KKINNEA 10/20/2011 12:39PM

    I need that energy for sure! I'm trying not to chalk it to post-marathon fatigue - I think work has picked up more now so my fire is banked a bit.

Great job to you though - I'll keep following along like you're my virtual rope pulling me out of the quicksand.

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CELLISTA1 10/20/2011 12:19PM

    Not fired up. Just not feeling it. However, I'm going to a BOLLYWOOD dance class tonight. In fact, I'm making the commitment to go - right here, right now. Maybe that will ignite something!
What, no emoticon for Bollywood? That's me, doing Pilates.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 10/20/2011 12:08PM

    I am too! Woohoo.

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CANNIE50 10/20/2011 12:01PM

    I'm so happy for you. I am not so much fired up as I am at a slow boil.

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Fire me up!!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hello my friends,

We have been doing a friendly, gentle, back to basics little casual challenge.

We went back to our basic proteins.
We made sure we were eating our fruits and vegetables.
We are trying to figure out what has stalled us, why are we not sleeping enough, drinking enough water and making sure we track what we are eating and drinking. All good and important things.

How's that working for you?

Because while it has helped me focus, it has NOT HELPED FIRE ME UP!

It did not stop me from gaining my 5 pound-jan-went-away-again-mini-vacation weight and I am SICK OF IT!

I have been gentle with myself and you. That's over.

I came home last night and read Hollys-doin-it's blog and she has entered Onederland and has worked and fought and scrapped and not given up and has lost like 110 pounds! I am so proud of her! THAT FIRES ME UP!!

I realized that Holly came on board here at spark 3 months after I did. (Really, Jan? How much weight have you lost at this point? 70 pounds. Oh yea, I remember when that happened, like 4 months ago!! But havent you kept gaining and losing the same 5-6 pounds ALL SUMMER???Uh, yea). THAT FIRES ME UP!

My motto since the beginning has been "Progress, not perfection".
Well, I am not seeing much progress and I have been NOWHERE close to perfection. I am not getting anywhere and THAT FIRES ME UP!

I read Callikia's blog this morning where she thought about giving up. But her husband wrote her a letter and she is not going to give up. She is switching up her motivation and she is going to keep fighting becuase it is important to her. She has lost 150 pounds so far. She is gonna keep going. THAT FIRES ME UP!

I read Sandiego John's blog where he was feeling down then the next one where he got lifted up to continue and will be running a marathon very soon. THAT FIRES ME UP! (not that I want to run but that HE wants to run and will do it and succeed!).

I was going to post a sweet, little mamadwarf extra credit challenge for you today. It was going to be you telling me what you like about yourself (because I think that is important. ) But not today.

Today's extra credit assignment is to tell me what FIRES YOU UP?

What is going to put that fire in your heart, help you get your head straight and your butt moving? Who or what is going to help get you out of this blah-I-will-get-to-it-eventually mindset and FIRE YOU UP???

Or are you you gonna just sit and rub 2 sticks together, hoping someone comes by with a lighter?
Are you going to sit and warm your hands by someone else's fire or are you gonna build your own?
Are you going to stand there with a small spark and throw a bucket of water on it or are you going to fan it into a great flame?

I am FIRED UP TODAY and I am going to give every minute of my day 100%.
I am going to eat well, work out HARD (which I never do) and I am going to make some progress today!

Yes, I have room at my fire for you but I would really like it if you would start your own, right next to me, and then they would combine and burn so bright, it could be seen from space.

GET FIRED UP AND TELL ME ABOUT IT! I want to hear it, read about it, feel it and use it. And if you came here looking for sweet, gentle, understanding Jan, I locked her up for awhile. She isnt doing us any good right now.

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COUCHDIVA333 10/19/2011 7:05AM

    oh hell yeah!! i'm in. gather in my kindling as we speak.
i have been taking it easy this week because i am tired (working 58 hours the last couple week) and i have a head cold. i am feeling better, but i am using all this as an excuse to not work out. i'm gonna spark my butt right to the gym tonight for kick boxing and strength class and while i am doing it i will be thanking you for sparking this butt in action.

thanks for the kick butt blog. I've not been on here much lately, but i am so glad i stopped by you page today. you always inspire me.

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SGRAY478 10/18/2011 10:36PM

    It fires me up to know that I could be so much different had I been consistent in the past. It helps me get to the gym. And once I'm there, my awesome fitness leaders fire me up. I know I want to give it my all and leave nothing but my sweat on that floor. No matter how much it hurts, I know that in 45 minutes I will have accomplished a difficult, crazy workout and I WANT THAT FEELING!!
Fire's hot right? :)

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/18/2011 9:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Let's get it started!

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CHELEMIA 10/18/2011 7:19PM

    Being used as a model for my neice.
"See thats what you are going to look like if you keep eating like that!"
I'll show her a model!!!
One to be proud of!!!

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JITZUROE 10/18/2011 6:18PM

    Oooohhhh, YOU have fired me up!!!!! I swear, with each paragraph I could hear myself say, YEAH!!!! I WANT THAT STRENGTH OF SUCCESS TOO!!!!
Thank you thabk you, you high protein-ed, healty carb'd up Sparkly person you!
I need motivation to stay at my goal weight, which has proven TOUGH with my emotional eating nonsense. But I needed to get FIRED UP to tackle it head on.
Thanks for the fire under my toosh...

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CULAINA 10/18/2011 3:31PM

    I shall tell you exactly what fires me up, it's achieving little mini-goals and having people notice my hard work. It makes me want to find new ways to step up my effort and keep going. Love the attitude Jan, I am often guilty of giving myself an easy time if I'm having a tough time. That needs to stop. Thanks for helping me to realise that x x

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/18/2011 3:17PM

    Im on fire!!!!!!!! emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/18/2011 2:05PM

    What fires me up is pure evil indulgence..


EX-hubby sees me every day at work and has to see what a hot package I am becoming...

*yes I can be evil* lol



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DAISY443 10/18/2011 2:04PM

    Not sure what fires me up, but loved hearing about what fires you up!

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DEE0973 10/18/2011 12:51PM

    What a wonderful and honest blog......I have my fire started and have started to fan the flames. I've set the goals for my next 5lbs.
I'm with you!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/18/2011 12:46PM

    Oooh, Jan's feisty today : ) I get fired up when people WANT to get fired up. I think we feed off of each other's energy. Remember when you started this journey? It WAS all sunshine and roses, losing week after week. It was all so new and exciting. THAT's what fires me up. Want to get back to basics? Get your head back in the game! That's what I had to do. That's how I lost 4.5lbs this week. Got my head back in it! You can SOOO do this, Jan!!! I"m waiting for you. It's lonely in ONEderland, I need my friends!

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GHOSTGRL21 10/18/2011 12:43PM

    My son fires me up. We are both very competitive and the fact that he is in better shape than me, fires me up.

and here's a very selfish petty fire me up.... I have a crawfish boil next march and well....I wanna show up and have people say WOW! :)

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TURTLERASKIN 10/18/2011 12:41PM

    What fires me up is the feeling in my legs when I get back from a good long walk; they feel lean and muscular and strong, and I just want to bounce on them and feel my muscles contract and expand.

What fires me up is looking at a big plate of veggies and realizing that it's fuel for my body, that I want to eat it, that all the little vitamins and minerals and fiber and protein and carbohydrates will travel throughout my body and knit up the damage daily life causes.

What fires me up is the shocked look on people's faces when they haven't seen me for a while. There are some people I've known 10 years who've never seen me look like this. And, strangely, I'm starting to feel that I look like myself again, after such a long time.

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CANNIE50 10/18/2011 12:36PM

    Great blog - lots to think about.

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BIGMAMAT 10/18/2011 12:33PM

    I thought the next challenge was going to be something like adding tabasco sauce, curry and jalapeņo peppers to the diet to speed up the metabolism or something! emoticon

It fires me up that YOU are fired up!
It fires me up to think about crossing into ONEDERLAND with you this time! Woohooooo! Let's do this thing. emoticon

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CELLISTA1 10/18/2011 12:11PM

    My first reaction: whoa, Jan, stop being so bossy and be funny again!

My second reaction: Nobody kicks MY butt!

My third reaction: I'm just not fired up. I'm sticking with the comfortable. I'm satisfied with the changes I've made (Pilates twice a week, belly dance, salsa). I've never weighed over 200 and I never will. I'll just hover at 185 forever.

But why? What would it take to get ME fired up?

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/18/2011 11:53AM

    Things that have fired me up lately:

- putting a post-it at my desk with my current weight loss, in pretty colors. It helps keep me focused on holding on to the 40 I've lost (and refusing to let it go away AGAIN with the same 3 lb gain/loss) and it made my day yesterday to change it to 40 1/2.

- I'm actually kinda sorta succeeding at this fruits/veggies thing right now. I have a fridge full of produce and my options open about which one I want to eat. My lunches are more colorful, more filling, and even easier to pack! Plus, I can waste some time at work preparing my fruits/veggies :P.

- My friend just got a new tattoo and it is crazy beautiful. She got it on her ribs/side and was able to do so b/c of the weight she's lost, which *I've* inspired her to do. Insane, right?

- The other day my PA told me that I am "clearly comfortable with my body" and I'm trying to make sure I prove her right.

- I'm hoping that if I'm careful with my finances over the next couple weeks, I can buy a bunch of new clothes come payday. Most of my clothes are getting too big which is exciting but also aggravating when it comes to money.

- I've made some friends through book club. I'm pretty terrible at making RL friends so this is a big step for me. :D

- I've learned that confidence is sexy as h3ll and I'm trying my best to learn how to do it.

- Running, something I thought I could never do because of my ashtma, is now one of my favorite workouts. And the other day, I ran an 8:47 mile. I originally thought I'd never get under 12.

- This morning I didn't swim, but I did finish the laundry and the dishes and Mike woke up and was pleased with a cleaner apartment.

Aaaand that's all I can think of right now. XOXOXOXOXO

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GRACEISENUF 10/18/2011 11:42AM

    What fires me up is my commitment to working out EVERY day. I don't even remember the last time I took a day off. Yeah, yeah some people will say "You need to rest"...Bull, I rested for 20 plus years it was time to get my butt off the couch and get moving.

Exercise re-lit my spark. Nobody else could do that for me. Sure my friends blogs inspire me and their progress does too but I had to become my own inspiration. Mr. Scale rewards me when I move my butt plain and simple. I had to dig deep down and get back to what I was doing when I lost weight when I first came to SP and when I looked back I was moving my butt and giving exercise 100% and making it a priority. My metabolism needed a swift kick in the ars to get it working for ME again.

My son graduates high school in June and I want to reach my goal by that time. I wanted to reach it by my DD's graduation but heck she's a sophomore in college now. That is what procrastination got me.....NOTHING.

LET'S DO IT!!!!!!!!!!

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SLFRISBEY 10/18/2011 11:30AM

    Hmmm, something that fires me up? Maybe that the problem. Nothing is doing that. I have been going through the motions in all parts of life. I need to think about it and get my @ss in gear. Life isn't about being numb and going through the motions, time to get it together and find something to light my fire.

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PJH2028 10/18/2011 11:11AM

    Me too!! Gosh! Thanks for this! YOU fired me up!!

"Am I gonna just sit and rub 2 sticks together, hoping someone comes by with a lighter?; Am I going to sit and warm my hands by someone else's fire or am I gonna build my own? "

Love these. And all too too true.
Reading of Holly and Kathkincaid and others' big spark successes has kept me believing that I can do it too. But it hasn't FIRED ME UP directly enough to build and tend my own fire.

We know how to do it, Jan. We lost a lot of weight last year with a steady tended fire. So....

Rallying Cries not commisseration here!

I have all kinds of reasons to explain the "plateau" (not a plateau because it's really been an up down up down up down) of the past months.

That means GOALS FOCUSED SPARKing -- eating right, eating less, moving more, and moving EVEN MORE because this lighter body can do more.

"Changing it up" at this new starting point may mean output at a higher level than I've been willing to manage.

Well... Are we ready and willing to STEP UP NOW

I tried on some old clothes yesterday. They fit. I celebrated and at the same time was taken aback.

Letting go of old familiar tunes.

Are you with me?
I'm with you!


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EMILYWIN 10/18/2011 11:08AM

  When I started working out I was shy and no self esteem. I went out of my comfort zone and started taking classes in town. I was very uncomfortable. These instructors and ladies that I work out with are the bomb. I now feel guilty is I miss a class. I never made time for myself. My family always came first. I now tell myself I need to do this for me. emoticon

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please join me

Monday, October 17, 2011

In congratulating my friend Holly on reaching onederland. She has lost about 110 pounds and she started 3 months after I did! If I didn't love her, I would really hate that girl! Go read her blog or say hi on her page. Thanks. And the rest of us? Need to take a page out of her book and quit messing around! This. Is. War! Hollys-doin-it

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TURTLERASKIN 10/18/2011 12:35PM

    Thanks for the heads up!

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REBECCAMA 10/18/2011 8:43AM

  Awesome! Way to go Holly!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/18/2011 8:42AM

    I love you Mama! Thanks for the shout out!!!

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BIGMAMAT 10/18/2011 6:49AM

    Congratualations Holly! Woohooooo! emoticon

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IJAHJOY 10/18/2011 4:14AM

    Congrats Holly!!!!!! I am amazed to hear this. It inspiresme so much to see someone loose this much weight. I haven't met you but am so proud of you!

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GRACEISENUF 10/18/2011 12:54AM

    emoticon for Holly!

Yes, this is war and we're in it to WIN!

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HOWLERMOM 10/17/2011 11:51PM

    You can do it!! - love the pix of your dog!

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The next challenge begins Monday

Friday, October 14, 2011

But I wanted to post it today before I left.

You said you need to focus on sleep.
You said you need to focus on tracking.
You said you need to focus on water and getting enough.

SO, on top of hitting your minimum for protein (and you should consistantly be doing that and adding about 10 more grams on top of that or more!) and eating 3-5 veggies and fruits a day, I want you to pick one (or all of the above) and really form your own plan to get what you need.

How much sleep do you need? How much is possible? what is stopping you from getting it?

Why arent you tracking? Can you just write it down in a small notebook and put it in the tracker later? Can you do it on your phone? It is important to know where you are at cause Guestimating is ALWAYS off and you can ALWAYS forget or cheat so next week, you are gonna track. Everything. Every day.

Why is drinking water so hard sometimes? I drink 4 (minimum) 16 ounce bottles a day. It is easy for me to count, it is easy to take with me, you can always add those flavor packs if you can't stand it but do it. I mean, really do it. See if it doesn't change the way your body feels. See if it doesn't make you crave more.

So there you have it. And you better enjoy next week cause you know what's coming next? (insert evil laugh here). You will find out.

Now, get to it. Stay on track this weekend. Remember, these are building blocks. WE are laying a great foundation to reach our goals and to move forward to get what we want. This is not a punishment, this is freedom! I want it! Don't you???

Ok I am off. Go and enjoy your family, your friends and your food. I will blog when I get back (and yes I will be tracking and drinking water and trying to sleep well too). Love you guys..

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BIGMAMAT 10/16/2011 8:18PM

    Hummm. What do I need the most???? Probably water. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 10/15/2011 9:15PM

    Aye, Aye Captain Morgan...I mean Captain Spark.


I will follow through cuz it's good advice and given with love from our favorite Mama!

Hope your weekend is the best.

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KAMAPERRY 10/15/2011 2:25PM

    Yeah!! I am busy and I still do it!

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CULAINA 10/14/2011 2:16PM

    haha i love the sargeant major vibe in this post. good for you xx

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JOMAMA99 10/14/2011 1:47PM

    Aye Aye captain! I will work on my tracking, do good during the week, I lose it on the weekends. If you can do it during your busy weekend then I guess I can too!
Have a great time this weekend!

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SARAWALKS 10/14/2011 12:58PM

    Not tracking because it makes me worse, but I do need to remember the water.
Extra protein is helping.
I don't have trouble getting my 5 fruits & veg but it's nice to be reminded.
emoticon back to basics, rock on! emoticon

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BTINTERNET 10/14/2011 9:55AM

    Thanks! Good planning for this week!

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PJH2028 10/14/2011 9:50AM

    YES! All aboard!!!! me too me too me too !!! thanks jan ;-) xop

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DAISY443 10/14/2011 5:55AM

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CANNIE50 10/14/2011 12:14AM

    Okay, I am a teensy bit scared by the evil laugh..... emoticon I ordered a salad tonight and ate every bit of it, because I thought of you. I am drinking water as I am writing this. I am going to bed at 9:30 so I can gt up at 5:30. I tracked my food and stayed within my range, and got my protein in. I will be thinking of you while you are off having fun, fun, fun.....I am SO glad you let me be on your Sparkly team, Captain Mama.

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Checking in...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hi everyone. I hope your week has been good and that you are looking forward to the weekend. I am going on my LAST racing weekend for the year (well I still have to do a big meeting in Reno in December but that's ok). We are going to Santa Maria this weekend, which is the central coast and then to Pismo for a day to ride our Razor and stay in our new Toy. I will take pix for you.

I want to know how you guys are doing: For those who are doing the back to basics challenge, how do you think it went focusing on Protein last week and fruits and veggies this week? It has really helped me be more aware and helps me actually plan what I need to eat instead of being so random and seeing where I end up.

I also want to know what do you want to work on for next week? I still want us to work on what we have been doing but I want to build on that too. it excercise? More nutritional? Balance for you mind?

Let's discuss so I can post a new challenge for us for next week and keep going till our spark is shining bright!

if you are just reading this and haven't done anything but want to, just jump in. This is very informal, is not a team, just a bunch of people who need to refocus on the basics or help jump start them in the beginning of their journey.


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BADASSBLONDIE 10/14/2011 12:47PM

    Have fun on your trip!!!

Once I feel like I have my working out and food/water more under control, I'm going to go back to these challenges and work on protein, fruits and veggies, etc.. Those are big ones that I need to work on.


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TEENY_BIKINI 10/13/2011 10:19PM

    Have fun in Santa Maria.


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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/13/2011 8:08PM

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz's! I ate celery thinking about you today when I was going over my veggies! The 2 large salads!!!!!!!! Have fun this weekend!

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CHELEMIA 10/13/2011 8:00PM

    Tracking sounds good I am spotty on rough days.

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CANNIE50 10/13/2011 7:42PM

    I suggest sleep since lack of it drives food cravings, especially sugar, plus makes it hard to exercise due to lack of energy. But, whatever you choose is great - I am so glad you are doing these back to basics challenges for us. Have fun in Santa Maria & Pismo - I have fond memories of visiting both those places. emoticon emoticon

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JOMAMA99 10/13/2011 7:19PM

    I really need to focus on tracking everything. I am so not consistent there, but whatever you decide. emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 10/13/2011 6:47PM

    It's funny that you're focused on veggies right now; I'm reading "Eat to Live" and there, the author advocates a hefty dose of fruits and veggies a day -- at LEAST four fruit servings daily, and two pounds of veggies (one pound eaten raw, one pound eaten steamed). I'm not nearly done with the book, so I'm sure there's more, but I'm just flabbergasted at those volumes. But then I realized -- on a normal day for me, I eat 2 or 3 servings of fruit, and a pound and a half of veggies.... so maybe I'm not that far off.

Anyhoo, no suggestions for the next challenge, but I love that you're doing this!

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